Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Guiding the viewer's eye, part of Photography Foundations: Composition.
As I have mentioned many times during this course, the purpose of composition…is to order a scene so that it makes sense to the viewer, so that they…understand what your subject is. That inherently means that you are guiding their…eye through the scene to your subject so that they know how to read it.…If you have successfully taken a good composition then you have already…successfully guided the viewer's eye.…Nevertheless, it's not a bad idea to practice this process of really trying to…drive their eye somewhere.…A lot of scenes in the world have complexity in them, maybe have multiple…subjects, maybe have more or less ambiguous subjects.…
So I think a good way to practice guiding the viewer's eye is to find a scene…like this where there is a very obvious subject, where there's no doubt what…the subject is, and then work up different ways of guiding the viewer's eye to that subject.…You can try it with geometry, as we have here.…You can try it with tone. You can even try it with color.…Really, find a simple subject and see all the ways that you can make it very…
The course addresses how the camera differs from the eye and introduces composition fundamentals, such as balance and point of view. Ben also examines the importance of geometry, light, and color in composition, and looks at how composition can be improved with a variety of post-production techniques. Interspersed throughout the course are workshop sessions that capture the creative energy of a group of photography students; shooting assignments and exercises; and analyses of the work of photographers Paul Taggart and Connie Imboden.
- Looking versus seeing
- Understanding when and why to use black and white
- Analyzing lines
- Arranging the elements into lines and shapes
- Working with perspective and symmetry
- Changing focal length, camera position, and depth
- Dividing rectangular frames into thirds
- Weighting the corners in square pictures
- Composing photographs of people
- Composing landscape photos
- Working with light: direction, texture, and negative space
- How to shoot color
- Guiding the viewer's eye
- Controlling depth
- Improving composition in post-production
Skill Level Intermediate
Photography Foundations: Exposure (2010)with Ben Long3h 24m Intermediate
Photography Foundations: Black and Whitewith Ben Long3h 3m Intermediate
1. Understanding Composition
What is composition?2m 1s
3. Composition Fundamentals
4. Geometry: Lines and Shapes
5. Shooting Best Practices
6. Balance Revisited
8. Workshop: Finding Light
10. Guiding the Viewer
11. Workshop: Foreground and Background
13. Post Production
14. Workshop Exhibition and Wrap-Up
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